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AW1, Week 8, June 9th, 2017

Homework

  • (Email me your final draft if you have not already done so.)
  • Look again at the “Slip or Trip?” handout.
  1. Write out the list of evidence: what can you see in the picture that might be important to prove or disprove Queenie’s claim about what happened?
  2. Explain why each piece of evidence is important, i.e. explain why each piece of evidence supports or does not support Queenie’s claim.
  3. What is YOUR claim about what happened? Explain your reasons, i.e. support with evidence (listed in step 2 above).

Today’s class

  1. Common errors from students’ 3rd draft (download the document here: AW1 Common errors from Essay 1 )
  2. Look at the handout “Slip or Trip?”
    1. What is Queenie’s claim about what happened?
    2. What is the evidence (what can you see in the picture that might be relevant)?
      1. The autopsy report (not in the picture) says that Arthur died of a wound on the head and that he had been drunk.
      2. List the other pieces of evidence.
    3. Now link the evidence to Queenie’s claim with explanations about why it supports or does not support Queenie’s claim about what happened to Arthur.
      1. E.g. Evidence: Arthur is still holding an unbroken glass in his hand. When people slip and fall (Queenie’s claim), they usually drop what they are holding and try to stop themselves falling by grasping something solid. So if Arthur had fallen, the glass would not be still in his hand. The fact that it is in his hand does not support Queenie’s claim. Also, being made of glass, it is quite likely to have broken, but it is not broken. These two pieces of evidence do not support Queenie’s claim. However, they do not prove that Queenie is lying, nor do they prove how Arthur received his head wound. So we need more evidence and more reasoning.

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Academic Writing I, week 8: June 10th, 2016

Bonus

If you are interested in any of these books, you can have them for 100 yen. Send me an email and I will bring the book(s) to class next week.

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  2. File 2016-06-12 22 37 12English translation of Natsume Soseki’s novel “Bottchan”
  3. File 2016-06-12 22 36 48and “I am a Cat”.

Homework

  • Choose a topic from the list on p. 46.
  • Read Practice 3 (p. 46-7) and write a similar passage about your chosen topic.
    • Bring it to class next week (June 17th).
  • Read the Format checklist (download it here: Academic Writing checklist
  • If necessary, re-format your essay,  make any other changes you wish, print it out and bring it to class next week.
  • If you have not done so already, please email me your final essay as soon as possible.
    • Use the following format for your file name: AW1_Essay1_Final_<Family Name>
    • Please send as a Word document (not pdf).

Today’s class

  1. Read the textbook chapter 2, pages 42-44.
  2. Read the sample essay.
  3. Answer the questions in Practice 1 on looseleaf paper (if you did not hand in your paper, please do so noext week June 17th).
  4. Textbook p. 45 Practice 2 (in your textbook).
  5. Choose a topic from the list on p. 46.
  6. Read Practice 3 (p. 46-7)

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Academic Writing II, week 8: November 20th, 2015

Homework:

  • Write a second draft response to one of the two essays in the Appendix to the textbook pp. 162-165. (Unless you have a good reason, I strongly suggest you keep to the same essay you wrote about in your first draft.)
    • A “response essay” is NOT a 感想文.
    • You need to take a position (for or against),
    • summarize the article’s main points and give your response to each,
    • provide objective facts as evidence to support your reasons why you agree (or disagree).
  • Bring it to class next Friday (Nov. 27th).
  • If you did not finish today’s classwork (see below) during class time, please finish for homework.

Today’s class:

  1. Hand in your first draft of your “Response essay”.
  2. Read the sample academic reading #5 “False Flag operations“, and answer the questions:
    1. What is a “false flag” operation? Explain in your own words.
    2. Explain how a false flag operation uses ” the guise of fighting a foreign enemy”.
    3. What started the Spanish-American war of 1898? Why does the author refer to this as an intelligence “failure” (with qutoation marks)?
    4. What other incidents might be called false flag operations?
    5. Textbook:
      1. read page 118 D
      2. page 120 E and practice 5
      3. page 121 F and practice 6

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Academic Writing I, week 8: June 5th, 2015

Homework:

  1. Re-write the first and last paragraphs of your Essay1 (Rewrite) to match your new,  argumentative thesis statement which you wrote in class today.
  2. Read the sample essay in the textbook, chapter 2.

Makeup class for May 1st will be July 11. Time and place will be announced later.

Today’s class:

  1. Today’s class focused on
    1. thesis statement, and
    2. using evidence to support claims.

Thesis Statement

A thesis statement is a sentence that states your main argument

  1. It must be
    • argumentative
    • capable of advancement or development.
    • concise
    • supported
    E.g.
    1. The purpose of my paper is to discuss dark chocolate.
    2. My paper will explore dark chocolate.
    1 is a purpose statement, but not a thesis statement because it is not argumentative and not capable of advancement. It is concise, but not supported.
    3. In this paper I argue that dark chocolate has more positive benefits than other types of chocolates.
    4. My discussion shows that dark chocolate contributes to people’s happiness and satisfaction.
    Which thesis statement is argumentative?
    1. In his article, Jefferson (2003) insisted that social media was responsible for corrupting the mind of America’s high school students.
    2. Social media can create distractions for high school students as they focus on talking with their friends rather than their studies.
    3. The purpose of this paper is to consider the positive and negative ways that social media affects high school students.

     

TASK: Re-write the thesis statement of your Essay 1 Rewrite to be argumentative.

Using evidence

Statements in academic writing need to be supported by factual details. You will need to support your claims with adequate evidence.

What kind of evidence can be used?

  • numbers
  • facts
  • examples
  • personal experience (including your own, but also that of others)
  • quotations

TASK: What kind of evidence could you use in your new, argumentative essay? List the types of evidence you might need.

Evidence is the support you give for your statements and arguments. In academic writing, there are strict rules about the evidence you use. You must acknowledge another’s intellectual material every time you use it—words (e.g. single words, phrases, sentences, paragraphs); graphic material (e.g. tables, diagrams, drawings); multimedia sources (e.g. videos, CD-ROMS, Internet).

TASK: Look at handout #1. (You can download handout #1 here: How_to_work_out_less_edt  )

  • Is this argumentative writing, or explanatory?
  • What is the meaning of the blue words?
  • If you click on them, what kind of page do you think you will be taken to?

TASK: Look at handout #2. (You can download handout #2 here: Is_Your_Doctor_Harming_You_edt  )

  • Where is the hook?
  • What kind of page do you think you will be taken to if yo click on the hyperlink in the first paragraph beneath the title?
  • Why does that first paragraph provide all this detail?

 

 


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Academic Writing I, week 8: June 6th, 2014

Homework:

Write the complete first draft of your problem-solution essay. Write it by hand or type it and print it out and bring it to next week’s class.

Today’s class:

  1. Sheffner’s principles of academic writing:
    1. the reader is not interested in you – avoid writing essays where you are the focus
    2. give value to the reader – a fresh point of view, a new or different insight, an original thought or idea, some new information of  interest or value to the reader, something funny or moving.
    3. write about universals, and avoid local topics – write about matters which are common to educated human beings everywhere. Essays such as “My Trip to Okinawa” or “How to do Bonsai” may be interesting, but no-one will read them!
    4. New!! Be as accurate and as truthful as possible – be careful with your statements. “Smoking causes cancer” means smoking always causes cancer, which is not true. Instead, write, “Smoking may cause cancer.”
  2. Read the blue paragrapn (Practice 5), p. 50.
    1. Which two sentences tells you the problem?
    2. Which sentence tells you the solution?
  3. Write your introductory paragraph.
  4. P. 54 F
  5. Read p. 56, B
  6. P. 58, C and Practice 10.
  7. Write the rest of your essay.

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Academic Writing II – week 8, November 22nd, 2013

Homework:

  1. Read the sample essay “The government can’t be trusted with the death penalty” (click the link to read it online).
    1. Do you agree with the writer?
    2. Why or why not?
  2. Re-write your #1 essay (the persuasive one I returned to you today). You have two weeks for this assignment. Ask me in class if you have any questions.

Today’s class:

  1. Textbook p. 112: answer the questions on loose-leaf paper
  2. Textbook p. 114 Practice 1: answer the questions on loose-leaf paper.
  3. Re-write your free-writing #2 from last week by re-arranging the sentences to be as disorderly as possible.
  4. Receive your essay #1 from the instructor.

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Academic Writing II – week 8, November 30th, 2012

British Club in Kathar (In Orwell's time it co...
British Club in Kathar (In Orwell’s time it consisted of only the ground floor) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Homework:

  • Read the magazine article in the textbook, “The End of Privacy” pp 159-161.
  • Read the sample student essay in chapter 5, pp 112-114.
  • (If you did not give me your persuasive essay on Friday Nov. 30th, email me your essay as soon as possible.)

Today’s class:

  1. What are the good points of a good essay? List these in order of importance:
    1. spelling
    2. grammar
    3. examples (facts, figures)
    4. format
    5. organization/structure
    6. humour
    7. logic
    8. “hook”
    9. addressing the reader (“you”)
    10. other _____________
  2. George Orwell‘s “5 Rules for Effective Writing” can be found here.
  3. Read the 2 essays by polyglot Benny Lewis and answer these 4 questions for BOTH essays. The first essay is How to Make Time if You Are Busy (click the link to read the article online). The second essay is How to Speak a Language Pretty Well, Starting from Scratch, in just Two Months. (I also offered a third essay, “The ONE thing that will ultimately lead to success” by the same author; reading this is optional.)
    1.  Did this essay persuade you? Do you agree with it?
    2. Why do you feel it is persuasive?
    3. Which sentences impressed you? Why?
    4. Comments, questions, other.

 

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Academic Writing I – week 8, June 8th, 2012

Today,

  1. Read your essay again, and write an outline for it. Be as detailed as you can, and write in complete sentences.
  2. Read the essay, “Ray Bradbury, RIP” – Gary North writes about Ray Bradbury’s influence on him. The original article is here: Ray Bradbury’s Virtual Reality Universe 
    1. Write the outline, or at least list the key points.

Homework

  1. Print out and bring the final (perfect!) version of your first essay for Academic Writing.
  2. Read the model essay in chapter 3 of the textbook: “8 Hours Sleep”.

 


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